Week 127 August 22 2012

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

No Camera, No problem I always try to have a camera with at all times, but didn’t have one yesterday. Passed by the CityIsland waterfront and saw a great looking sky at twilight. Got to find out just how good my cell phone camera was. Unbelievable LG Lucid Android cellphone Still prefer my DSLR’s by a mile   

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Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark

Long time no seeJ It is nice to see a lot of great photos again. Mine for the week is QM2 leaving Elsinore the 15. of august at about 9:30 PM. A great show. Looking forward to yet another week with photos from all over the world. All the best Jens

 

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Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

Pacifica, California The weather was a bit cool and the sky was threatening but people were fishing and lunch was delicious. Have a wonderful week!

Wayne Ervine – Johannesburg, South Africa

Really glad to have the group back online. Thx again to Joseph for all his hard work in making it happen. Last week I decided to try experiment a bit with some studio lighting. Wanted to try get a bit of a nightclub feel. Grateful to have friends who are willing to stand in front of the camera once in a while. And yes the mic is real. Handy being a sound engineer sometimes.

John McGraw – Lansing Michigan

Another Panoramic this week. I was at Higgins Lake Michigan at a friends cottage and I didn’t plan on shooting that night (But had me camera) as always, and then saw this sunset and had to capture it!

Robin Warner Santa Monica, California

Another photo taken from my trip to Cambodia. This trip made me really want to travel the world with my camera…..

 

 

Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

Here is my shot of the week. Not with the heavy Nikon, but with Lumix. From the window of 787 flying from Tokyo to Boston. Beautiful sunrise. 787 is one hell of an aircraft – goes straight up to 37K ft immediately after take off (normally, 31K and when the fuel gets light enough, to 37K much later of the flight), and later of the flight to 41K (have never seen such number on the commercial passenger aircraft before), equipped with the “shower toilet”, all the lights are LED, no shade on the window, instead the switch with darkens the glass with 5 level of darkness, etc…… Anyway, fun to fly on the new aircraft…. Ken www.kih.me Lumix 5, f/2.5, 1/800sec, ISO80  

 

Emma Roberts – Coventry, England

It’s good to see the weekly email back! I’ve had a few bookings the last couple of weeks so I’ve not had much time for photos of my own so here’s another one from my trip to Warwick castle. I hope everyone is well, Emma

 

Deb Sulzberger – Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

This is one from the archives and was taken the week before christmas..The setting was Carols by Candlelight in the vineyard and was a fantastic evening…Perfect warm night..doesn’t seem that long ago but won’t be long and i will probably be heading back to the same place..Wow the year has flown… Really nice to have Sharpshooter back on track..Thanks Joseph

Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

Sitting in my back yard waiting for bird shots and our cat Spice was modeling for me. Nikon D3X, Nikon 300 2.8, Nikon TC-20E III, 600mm, F/11, 1/60 sec, ISO 400, SB 900 flash

Sandi Mahncke – Snellville, Georgia

We spent the weekend at one of our favorite places-LakeBurton in the N.Georgia mountains. It’s become an annual event with lifelong friends and it’s actually a place that I’ve spent many wonderful times at since I was 13. We’re all “dog people” so dogs are welcome. My pup Beemer LOVES swimming and spends hours jumping from the dock and paddling around in the water. Here she “retrieving” a new toy that one of my friends tossed in from the other dock- a bit close but she was totally focused on it! Of course, when I’m ready to swim she has to stay up on the deck at the house because she tries to “rescue” me and I wind up w/ a lot of scratches! But she means well! Hope everyone has a great week and looking forward to everyone’s work this week!

Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

Hello all! Back from my vacation on beautiful Adriatic sea in my own Croatia. There is total of 1000 photos I’ve made trough past two weeks. I’m nearing 40000 photos taken with my good old D80 and soon, it will be 5 years since I bought it. Anyway, I’ve made this photo on early morning on one of most visited beaches on the island I was on. I hope this photo shows why.🙂 Looking forward to your photos, now when I’m back on proper dsl internet connection.🙂 Greetings, Filip. Pozdrav, Filip. Moje fotke i blog: http://www.filiplucin.com/

Suzanne Bauer – West Dover, Vermont

Cowgirl This little girl was at the horse show this weekend in the Lead Line classes.  That is where there is a young rider on the horse being lead around the ring by an older rider.  They judge on both the rider and the horse in two separate divisions.  I thought this little girl was so precious and her red boots just got me!  I don’t know who she is but I hope somehow her family gets to see the photo.       

Kathy Allman – New Port Richey, Florida

Loved this street scene in China with all the banners. They use color and patterns very creatively!      

 Peggy G – Tupelo, Mississippi

I got to stop this morning at Veteran’s Park, and found this Kingfisher. It is not the best shot, but I was happy to get the chance to at least try. Ring-necked kingfishers are supposed to be the type we have in this area. This one does not look like a Ring-necked to me. Can anyone help with the id? I’ve searched on the internet.  

Stacy Winsett – Allen, Texas

Under a Bridge Downtown This is Reggie, a homeless man that my atheist group was able to help this past weekend with shoes and hygenic necessities. I loved the texture of his skin and hair. This one’s for Robin. Nikon D90 + Nifty Fifty    

Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana

Hi everyone, The heat and the rain  have been keeping me close to home.   Nothing exotic this week, just a young cardinal . Hope you enjoy.      

Angie Vega – Wake Forest, North Carolina

Crystallized Mushroom Taken with iPhone and olliclip.  Combination of rain and heat bring some real marvelous wild mushrooms. It’s a great opportunity to bring out my iPhone and olloclip and take advantage of these small wonders. Angie  

Stephanie DiPietro – Pacific Palasides, California

this photo was taken on a foggy night in Golden GatePark, San Francisco. There was very little color but I ended up desaturating the image totally.  

Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

OLD FENCE POST Last week hiking — EOS 7D, f/4, 85mm lens. -Ken Papai (good to be back this week!)    

Kelly Schultz – Buffalo – New York

Waiting in the wings. I captured this stage hand waiting to change the stage between sets. I especially liked the smiley face.  

Steven Lakose – Wallingford, Connecticut

Tiny flowers… Did a bike ride called Tour of Litchfield Hills (75 miles, with over 5,000 ft of climbing). While waiting for some friends to finish their ride I noticed this beautiful flower bed some with tiny flowers. In between the light showers I took quite a few shots with various exposures, with and without flash. This one is one of my favorites. Nikon D200, 28-85 lens @ 70mm F/4.5 1/60 sec with flash and ISO-200  

Holly Schwartz – Bardstown, Kentucky 

Orange butterfly, captured on a nature walk in Bardstown    

Martina Gyofi – Maribor, Slovenia

The photo was taken at the north Croatia, along the river Mura. Martina Gyofi

   

Davorin Mance – Cakovec, Croatia

“Dawn of the new moon” This day I got up before four in the morning to wait for the sunrise on my favorite river. This is the first picture I took when arriving at the location. The photo was taken at 5:25 pm, about an hour before sunrise. E3, Zuiko 9-18mm, ISO 100, 40sec @ f/8, COKIN GND 8, tripod Good light to everyone!     Davorin. www.davorinmance.com

 

Per-Christian Nilssen – Sarpsborg, Norway

  

Peggy Gund – Bronx, New York

A B&W

 

           

Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

This is a shot of a building thunderstorm, taken from the back window of my house. Although it might not look like it, we are in a severe drought here in central Georgia – our water table would require 32 inches of rain to bring it back to normal. However, this is nothing like what is going on in Kansas this summer. Don

Nikon camera and a Sigma Lens

 

         

Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

Hello All another pic from my visit to ArteBA I loved the texture of this bronze ribbon Nikon D300 + 50mm ISO 800 – f 1.8 – 1/1250  

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Special Bonus Photo Section

The bonus photo is of interest from somewhere in the world  

Joseph Leotta

1 World Trade Center Here’s a different view of the new World trade center. I pulled over on the highway in New Jersey on Friday  night on the way back to NY. The view across a small inlet off the Hudson River looking east to NY was awesome. Looking across the new 1 WorldTradeCenter building under construction stands out on the skyline. The other bright building to the right is the new 3 WorldTradeCenter. 11 years after 911 it is now the tallest building in NY  

           

John McGraw 

I was driving on the highway between Milwaukee and Green Bay when I saw a church with some crazy clouds behind it. When I got off the highway and found the church there was a big port-a-john on the side, and I couldn’t get a nice shot without it in the frame, but when walking back to the car I saw this shot. So sometimes you just need to look behind you for the shot.  

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Deb Sulzberger

Fungi

 

                 

Kelly Schultz

Antique Foosball at the Statler Hotel in Downtown Buffalo  

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Week 113 Vivid colors – April 4 2012

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

A apple a day……..

Granny Smith green apples, Red Delicious and Golden Delicious yellow apples.

Nothing beats a bite into a cold crisp apple. When I pass a display like this one I always stop and have to get one to eat. Never makes it home.

Fall up north inVermontfinds apples galore from local orchards and some of the best homemade pies ever.

 

 

 

Jim Fredriksson – Long Island, New York

Amaryllis”

Canon 20D  Canon 28 – 105mm  FL 105mm ISO 400  f/5.6  1/60  No flash

Have you ever seen an Amaryllis bulb do its thing? The bulb for this beauty cost maybe $2.49! A paltry price to pay for the beauty and the fun we had watching it.

They grow daily like aliens and was a sight to behold! Shot on the kitchen table with the sun as lightbox.  Cropped slightly & bordered.

 

 

 

Peggy G – Tupelo, Mississippi

Pink azeleas in my yard.  Oh, and a bumblebee

 

 

 

Stanley Beck – Jackson, Mississippi

Azaleas” – They came a bit early this year, but they were beautiful. I like the color of these more that the violet, because they are not as common. They are a bit smaller, too. When the bush is covered with them, it really makes a good splash of color.

Nikon D200, ISO 200, f/16, 1/125 sec.

 

 

 

Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

Hello everyone.  It has been hectic weeks as I quit the job as at the end of March.  Now I am a free man :-)  I will take a break for a while (wish it were forever) and start thinking of next thing to do in a while.  Hope to study and improve my camera skill at least a bit during this “long vacation”.  Here is what I saw at the restaurant table.  “Vivid” was the word that came to my mind.  Hope you like it.  I tried a new lens – very, very, reasonably priced pre-owned Voigtlandar Nokton 58mm, f1.4 MF.  Lenses made by Cosina (including Voigtlandar and Zeiss) are very well made.  There are reasons why Zeiss let Cosina use its brand name.  Wonderful glass indeed.  Anyway, when you have a chance, try it as it is still in production and used pieces are available anywhere.  You won’t regret it.  I like this one better than Nikon 50mm f1.2 MF.  Have a great week.

Ken
www.kih.me
D700, Voigtlandar 58mm f1.4, f/4, 1/100s, ISO5000 (Auto)

 

 

 

Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark

A fisher boat coming into the harbour after emptying the nets along the coast.

All the best

Jens

 

 

 

Deb Sulzberger – Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Chinese Opera

This weeks theme made me automatically remember a performance of a Chinese opera i was lucky enough to see last year in the city of Chengdu…
The colours on each and every costume we amazing, so vivid and bright….Not only the costumes dazzled but also the makeup, very dramatic and very colourful.
It was an open opera, as in public were allowed to veiw the artists getting ready from applying their face makeup to dressing in these beautiful costumes…
Hope everyone is have a great week and looking forward to seeing all your work…

Chengdu….Chinese opera performance


 

 

 

Frits Stempher – Maastricht the Netherlands

This long-neck lady I met in Burma. In a small village in the mountains.

Comfortable will not have these rings around her neck

 

 

 

Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

Sorry, the party isn’t going to happen.  I had planned to invite all of you to meet somewhere that would be photogenic and fun but I didn’t win the $640,000,000.00 lottery.  Perhaps next time!

Have a great week and take lots of photos.

 

 

 

John McGraw – Lansing Michigan

ClevelandJune 2011

This was during the first week of my month long photography trip last year. During the first part of the trip I had to work during the day and I would shoot at night, sometimes all night. This photo was captured about 20 minutes after sunset (my favorite time to shoot) as a lot of photographers. I was actually at this location to shoot the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (HOF). While walking to theHOFI saw this ship. I shot photos of the side of it, but then I went to the front, turned around and saw this beautiful imagine staring right at me waiting to be captured!

 

 

 

Robin Warner Santa Monica, California

This is Juan….on a good day.  Taken awhile ago.  Lately when I have seen him, he seems to be a bit out of sorts.  He is a character, that is for sure.

ISO 400, f.10, 1.125

 

 

 

Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

This Tattooed biker babe was givin’ me the eye at the park so I thought I’d shoot her. Love these Themed weeks. Looking forward to everyone’s creativity.

 Nikon D3, Nikon 28-300 3.5, 300mm, 1/250 sec, f/8, ISO 1250, SB-900 flash.

 

 

 

Sandi Mahncke – Snellville, Georgia

For my vivid color shot I’m using another picture from Easter 2009 – this is a shot of one of my great nieces and 2 great nephews in the midst of the Easter egg hunt – taking a break in the middle of the azaleas in my mom’s front yard.   Her yard is really lovely in the spring and there is definitely a nice display of vivid color!   Have not had a chance to get shots of her yard in bloom yet this year so relying on past pics.   Hope everyone has a great week and looking forward to a lot of beautiful colors this week!

 

 

 

Jaco Griesel – Kabul, Afghanistan

Kabulcan be a drab and boring city, but if you look real close you will find bursts of color around every corner.  When my wife visit in December 2011, she would get so excited when she spotted these kids selling their colorful balloons.  Looking at them, everything else pales in comparison, and that’s the reason why I B&W’ed the background.

Nowadays, whenever I see these kids, it reminds me of the joy on my wife’s face, and the great time we had exploring the city tourists don’t usually visit.  The colors are vivid, and so is my memory of that time together.

 

 

 

Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia

I was struggling with a contribution for the vivid theme week until last weekend when I was cutting the roadside grass beside out property.  Part way down the fence line is a stand of blackwood trees and inside the crevice of a lightning damaged tree was this large growth of shelf fungi shining out of the gloom of darkened, bark covered trunks like a beacon.

Captured on a tripod with D700 and AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 116mm, f/5, 1/125th sec, ISO 400.

 

 

 

Wayne Ervine – Johannesburg, South Africa

Greetings all.

Had to raid the archives for this week. This is one of the models from the fashion show I shot about a month ago. Wasn’t mad about the clove, but then I wasn’t the stylist for the show.

Taken with a Nikon D300 and Tokina 20-35mm

 

 

 

Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Hello Everybody,

a little rockabilly pin up from me for this Vivid Theme. I can’t wait to see all your submissions, as the special themes are usually my favourite weeks.

Jana

Nikon D700, 24-70mm f/2.8@ISO 200, f/9, 1/160s

 

 

 

Stacy Winsett – Allen, Texas

Red Tulips @ TheDallasArboretum’s “DallasBlooms Festival”

Nikon D90 + Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6

Focal length 240mm 1/1250 @ f/5.3 ISO320

 

 

 

Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

Hello All

Taken last october at Tate Modern inLondon. A proyection of FILM, a work by Tacita Dean.

From the Tate website:   ” FILM is an 11-minute silent 35mm film

projected onto a gigantic white monolith standing 13 metres tall at the end of a darkened Turbine Hall. It is the first work in The Unilever Series devoted to the moving image, and celebrates the masterful techniques of analogue film-making as opposed to digital.

The work evokes the monumental mysterious black monolith from the classic science fiction film 2001: A Space Odyssey. The film feels like a surreal visual poem, including images from the natural world among others, with the epic wall of the Turbine Hall showing through, in a montage of black and white, colour, and hand-tinted film.”

Nikon D300 + 18-200 VR @ 27mm

ISO 2500 – f 5.0 – 1/13 sec

 

 

 

Joseph Leotta, Junior – New York, New York

For this week’s vivid color photo, I didn’t have to go far. These flowers are all blooming right in our back yard. Spring is definitely in full swing here inNew York, with temps in the 60s and 70s and flowers blooming everywhere!

A quick update on how I’m doing – I’ve been working from home the past two weeks as my doctors want me to take it easy. They say my ruptured appendix is stable, but it’s definitely in a fragile state. I’ve got a follow up CT scan next Thursday to see how it looks and hopefully we’ll be removing it shortly after that. Luckily, I’m not in any pain right now, just have a slight discomfort in my lower right stomach. Hopefully I’ll be all fixed up soon!

 

 

 

Angie Vega – Wake Forest, North Carolina

VisitingNiagara Falls,ON,Canadathis past week and I have to say that it was an amazing experience. Seeing the Falls during the day is amazing but visiting at night with the lights is electrifying. This shot was taken from the Canadian side and on the far left you can seeRainbowBridge, which is one of the bridges to get in and out of theCanada.

 

 

 

Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania

I’ve been doing B&W for a while so this picture from New Year fireworks is the closest I could find to fit the given vivid theme. Shot with Mamiya 645 Pro TL, Mamiya 55mm F/2.8 lens, Kodak Ektar film.

 

 

 

Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana

Hi Everyone!  Hope you all are doing well.

I looked for vivid colors in nature .   Happened upon this very bright  and small Common Clouded Yellow Butterfly.

Hope you enjoy

 

 

 

Stephanie DiPietro – Pacific Palasides, California

I was fortunate enough to get this shot Lady Liberty shot against a fiery, winter sky when I was inNew Yorklast month.

I was shooting from under theBrooklynBridgeand literally got chills at this dramatic site.

 

 

 

Steven Lakose – Wallingford, Connecticut

Episcopalian church in downtownKey West, just happened to catch the sun along with a perfect blue sky.

Nikon D200 18-70 lens @ 18mm F9 1/320 sec with ISO-100

 

 

 

Suzanne Bauer – West Dover, Vermont

Brendan’s Passion

My son lives and breathes skiing.  He can’t get enough of it.  You may have already seen this shot, but I couldn’t find any other ‘vivid’  shots! Horses aren’s that vivid!! lol But this one I really like and I would say it’s vivid! bright, crisp and clear!

 

 

 

Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

“Pinot Noir Outstanding in its Field”

The F5 Block in the bottle and among the F5’s vines. It’s still early spring inNapaCounty/the Carneros region and the mustard is in bloom.

Photo: 3/30/2012, Canon EOS 7D, at 27mm, f/6.3

 

 

 

Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

A  flower photo from archive. I liked the contrast between blue flower and yellow and green wheat.

Nikon D80 + Sigma10-20@18mm, f4, 1/80sec, ISO 100.

Greetings Filip!

 

 

 

Emma Roberts – Coventry, England

It seems our beautiful Spring weather has transformed into April showers. Nothing says Spring to me like daffodils so here’s one from earlier in March.
Happy Easter to all who celebrate it

 

 

 

Special Bonus Photo Section

The bonus photo is of interest from somewhere in the world

 Stacy Winsett

Red Tulips & Yellow Narcissus @ TheDallasArboretum’s “DallasBlooms Festival”

Nikon D90 + Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6

Focal length 240mm 1/640 @ f/5.6 ISO200

 

 

 

 Rick Dohme

So many bees and butterflies around to shoot. Trying out my new macro flash unit today.

Nikon D3X, Sigma 150 2.8, SS 1/200sec, F/6.3, ISO 50, Flash 1-SB-900 2-SB-200

 

 

 

 

Stanley Beck

“Roses” – An early mild and wet spring has everything coming up roses. The rose bushes were trimmed back about half way in January, and they filled in a lot thicker, and they are now covered with roses. What a sight!

Nikon D200, ISO 200, f/16, 1/80 sec.

 

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Week 112 – March 28, 2012

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

Single shot HDR – City Island Boat Yard

Had to go to the files this week for one and decided to to work on it a little with post processing. This is one of my single shot HDR’s. I take 1 post and then create 3 different files. 1 as it was shot, 1 with the exposure corrected 1 stop under and a 3rd 1 stop over from the original. I then take these 3 files and use them to create the HDR using photomatrix. 

I normally shoot 3 bracketed shots 1 stop apart for HDR, but sometimes after I’m home I find one that I wish I had shot with 3 but did not and use this method. The one shot method also makes for perfect alignment

 

 

 

Jaco Griesel – Kabul, Afghanistan

I chose this photo for my debut because it personifies so much of who and what I am, and where I find myself. 

Afghanistan, like this guard’s eyes will tell you, is a war-weary country. Centuries of war has left a never-healing scar on the collective soul of the Afghan people.  Foreign powers come and go, all seeking their own good and never really that of the Afghan people.  It is a tired country, but her people rises every day to fight and guard, to defend and conquer. Afghanistanis a beautiful country forever scarred by war – physically and emotionally.

Welcome to my world.  Welcome toAfghanistanas seen through my lens.

 

 

 

Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

Hello All

” This is not a game” an art installation from American artist Lorenzo Quinn, on a floating pontoon moored off San Servolo Island, nearVenice,Italy.

It features a life-size T55 Russian battle tank and life-size cast ‘toy’ soldiers, held by life-like giant hands, poised in positioning the tank and soldiers, as a child would in play.

Nikon D300+ 18-200 VR @ 34mm

ISO 400 – f 13 – 1/640

 

 

 

Jim Fredriksson – Long Island, New York

Canon 20D

03 23 2012 07:30

Canon 28-105mm  FL 39mm

ISO 100

f/4 1/800sec

No flash

Another in a series from “Sunrises from Town Creek”, Southold, NY.  This is “Neap“.

 

 

 

Angie Vega – Wake Forest, North Carolina

CooperRiverBridge,Charleston,SC

 While visiting the beautiful and historical city ofCharleston, SC, I found myself surrounded by so many photo opportunities.  I took over 2000 pictures in one day.  This bridge has been around since 1929 and in 2005 was newly restored to this grand architectural desing.  It is as beautiful to see in the daytime as it is when the night falls.

We started a road trip fromNorth Carolina,USAtowards Niagara Falls/Ontario,Canada.  We have made many stops along the way and have seen some amazing cities.  This is the New River Bridge Gorge inWest Virginia.  The bridge is a structure of amazing statistics:  3030 feet long. 876 feet high. 70 feet wide. 88 million pounds of U.S. Cor Ten steel and American cement. Opened and dedicated on October 22, 1977, the span has since become the symbol ofWest Virginia.

 

 

 

Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark

Welcome to the new members, almost cower the hole globe now.

My photo is again from the local harbour, Saturday morning before the sun burns the haze away. This scenery is one I have chosen for a small project my photo club has a given. ‘Changes’, take photos from the same spot in March and April to document the changes and make a slideshow of them. I take photos there almost every day.

Have a nice week all

Jens

 

 

 

Stanley Beck – Jackson, Mississippi

A really nice collection of photographs last week.

“On the hunt” – I was out with my camera, looking for bugs, and I came upon this Anole, doing the same. It’s good when you see them around, because it is sign of a healthy eco system around the house. Also, the Anoles love to eat termites, so that is another reason to like having them around. He was a bit wary of my lens, though.

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Nikon D200, ISO 200, f/16, 1/250 sec., 105mm macro lens, hand held, a little bit cropped off of the left side.

 

 

 

John McGraw – Lansing Michigan

EmeraldBay–Lake TahoeJune 2011                                          

I was in Lake Tahoe for a about a week last summer, on this day I decided to drive all the way around the Lake and see what I could capture. I had heard aboutEmeraldBaybut I had never seen any photos of it, so it was a nice surprise when I arrived and saw this image. It was a perfect day for shooting. There were nice clouds in the sky but yet the sun was peeking through at times. In this shot, I waited until a beam of sunlight caught the trees in the foreground. I’m heading toBostonfor the first time this week, so I’m sure next weeks submission will be something from this week. I have really enjoyed looking at everyone’s images the past couple months and welcome to the new members!

 

 

 

Wayne Ervine – Johannesburg, South Africa

I got asked last week to do a photo for my cousin and her fiance to use for their wedding invitations. Was a bit odd shooting with a Canon again (his), but a camera is still a camera. Here are 2 outtakes from the shoot I really liked.

Taken with a Canon 500D and 18-55 kit lens. 

 

 

 

Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

On my way to work I spotted this Roseate Spoonbill hangin’ in a little pond. Jumped out and followed her around and got this shot. The last one I shot was more solid color.

Nikon D3x,  Nikon 300 2.8, Nikon TC-20E III, 600mm, F/5/6, 1/100 sec, ISO 400

 

 

 

Peggy G – Tupelo, Mississippi

Our apple tree is blooming and fragrant, and the bees are loving it!

 

 

 

Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

At the national garden in the center of Tokyo.  Has someone stepped into the garden?  A flower, grass, signage, and the sign is in English and that is funny :-)  Ken

www.kih.me

D700, 28-300, @112mm, f11, 1/160s, ISO1100.

 

 

 

Robin Warner – Santa Monica, California

What Happens in Vegas, Stays In Vegas…  A rough night for this guy.  Had a great weekend in Vegas for a Soccer tournament with my family.  Very little time for photos, but I was able to capture this unfortunate moment which keeps me present and grateful.

DMC-LX5, ISO 200, F/8, 1/50

 

 

 

Sandi Mahncke – Snellville, Georgia

I’m going back out West this week for my photo – still finding it difficult to get out and take many new photos so have to rely on some previous ones – this is another shot of Bear Lake in Idaho –   I really just love the clouds in this shot and the way the sun illuminates them as well as the contrast to the vivid blue sky. Just another little piece of paradise in my book!   Hope everyone has a great week!

 

 

 

Frits Stempher – Maastricht the Netherlands

Hallo All,

Here is a photo I took during a rising storm over theSouth Limburghills. Made in broad daylight but it seems night.

Greetings Frits Stempher Maastricht

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Deb Sulzberger – Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

The sun was going down and all was at peace in the world because there is nothing like a kiss from your Mum to end the day….
Some super shots last week everyone and i wished i had of had more time to make individual comments but just want to say you guys are so so so good !!!!!

 

 

 

Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia

  I’m still working on improving the exposures of my new Canon s95 compact camera.  This was a challenging high contrast scene, shooting sheep with highlighted backs and in a into a brightly back lit scene with very dark shadows and very low angle morning sun.  The lens flare is removed from frame top right corner via the crop I’ve applied to this image.  Also added a skylight filter in Ps3 to warm the image a fraction.

Handheld early morning light, Canon s95 28mm (@35mm equiv.) f/6.3, 1/400th sec, ISO160

 

 

 

Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Hello Everybody, 

thank you for the very kind comments on my photo from last week, I very much appreciate it.

This week a pin up shot from my photo shoot today with the most incredible and inspiring girl I have the priviledge to know. We opted for a vintage camera and I thought I will send it to the group here, so you can perhaps help her get some decent shots on film? :-) 

Nikon D700, 24-70 mm f/2.8@ISO 200, 1/160s, f/9

Have a lovely week and I look forward to all your photos.

Jana

 

 

 

Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

While visitingPensacola,FloridaI drove to the end of the Palafox Pier.  My goal was to photograph the pelicans and other birds who are always looking out for a free meal from a friendly fisherman.

Palafox Pier isPensacola’s newest public park and marina.  In the center of the park is the statue of Tristan de la Luna commemorating the man who discoveredPensacolain 1559.  Recently, Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia dedicated the statue.

 I shot this photo of Tristan de la Luna backlit by the Sun.

 

 

 

Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

Hello all!

Thank you for the comments and likes on my photo on fb. My photo for this week is not a landscape again.🙂 I suppose this could be cityscape?🙂 It’s a nearby town named Varazdin.

Town with long history, that was in 17th century even capital town ofCroatia. As for this photo, it was summer day, blue sky, white clouds and a big tree to get that sun rays.

I hope you like it! Looking forward to your photos!

Greetings, Filip!

Pozdrav, Filip.

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Moje fotke i blog: http://www.filiplucin.com/

 

 

 

Davorin Mance – Cakovec, Croatia

 

 

 

 

Per-Christian Nilssen – Sarpsborg, Norway

This week I want to present an image of peace and tranquility in a world that seems to rotate faster and faster.  I have chosen the square format to emphasize this.

Nikon D300, Nikkor 24-70.

Per-Chr.

 

 

 

Stephanie DiPietro – Pacific Palasides, California

This is an image (one of many I took yesterday) of the iconic Frank Gehry designed, Disney Hall, in downtownLos Angeles.  This structure is filled with interesting curves, lines, textures, and reflections.

There is no bad vantage point and the colors of the exterior change with the light.  Quite a great subject!

 

 

 

Stacy Winsett – Allen, Texas

Here’s my photo this week. Any time people are dealing with things with their kids, it makes me think an extra moment about my own. This is my oldest, Drake. I had him when I was pretty young (barely 20) and as a result, he and I have a very special relationship. He is an old soul, through and through. He is almost 15 and loves John Lennon, Frank Sinatra, and Dean Martin. He plays guitar and reads books far beyond what normal teenagers are interested in. He is a beautiful person who makes me proud and makes me feel like I’ve done something right in this life every single day. He’s also a great sport whenever I ask him to come outside and let me take pics of him.🙂

Nikon D90 50mm f/1.8  Shot around sunset 1/320 @ f/1.8 ISO 200 Retro processed with exposure offset increase and vibrance.

Caught him mid-sentence and in great need of a haircut.🙂

 

 

 

Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

“Red Wine OIL PAINT”

I installed the brand new version of Photoshop CS6 (beta release still) a few days ago — it was a 1.7GB download. Trying a new filter ‘Oil Paint’ which I think works with this moderate still life.

Photo: 3/24/2012, EOS 7D, 27mm cropped to a nearly square format.

-Ken Papai

 

 

 

Steven Lakose – Wallingford, Connecticut

Commercial fishing dock onStockIsland(part ofKey Weston the east side)

Gale force winds “grounded” this fishing fleet for several days.  I was lucky to have a few good sunsets, nice sunrises and some good night shots too (wish I had my tripod).  I asked permission to walk their docks and take pictures and they were most accommodating.  This gentleman seemed to be contemplating life universe and everything as he is eating his dinner.

Nikon D200 18-70 lense @ 70mm F4.5 1/15 sec with ISO-100

 

 

 

Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana

Hi everyone!

I happened upon a radio controlled air show.  They were doing a tribute to the veterans.   They graciously let me take pictures. I had a ball and it was good practice for birds in flight and panning. Some of these planes had “pilots” all decked out  .   I loved seeing all the details that some had done.

Snoopy however, was one of my favorites with his red scarf blowing in the wind,

Hope you enjoy.

 

 

 

Suzanne Bauer – West Dover, Vermont

Lea

I was taking pictures of Lea in her new halter when a gust of wind came by and messed up all her hair!  I rather like the shot though and she seemed to like the wind too!

 

 

 

Special Bonus Photo Section

The bonus photo is of interest from somewhere in the world

 Ken Papai

“GGB IN OILS”

Continued use of the new PS CS6 oil paint filter.

-Ken Papai

 

 

 

Steven Lakose

Commercial fishing dock onStockIsland(part ofKey Weston the east side)

Gale force winds “grounded” this fishing fleet for several days.  I was lucky to have a few good sunsets, nice sunrises and some good night shots too (wish I had my tripod).  I asked permission to walk their docks and take pictures and they were most accommodating.  “Accidental” shot.  While wandering around the commercial dock I came up to a door between two buildings, I stuck my camera around the door and grabbed a shot with the camera held out at arms length around the gate.  You just have to love autofocus and automatic settings. 

Nikon D200 18-70 lense @ 70mm F10 1/400 sec with ISO-100

 

 

 

Stephanie DiPietro

This is an additional view taken of the magnificent Disney Hall inLos Angeles.

There really is no end to the variety of images that can be found there.  A photographer’s gift!

 

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Week 111 – March 21, 2012

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

 GantryPark

I just love relics from a older New York. 
On the East River in Long Island City across from Manhattan there is Gantry Park. The area once a heavy industrial area has become a new and hot residential town where a number of trendy apartment complexes has been built.  The area right on the waterfront has been turned into a state park. they took 4 large old piers and turned them into 4 wonderful walkways extending into the river offering great views of the skyline.

Besides the piers they preserved 2 set of old gantry’s that controlled the level of docks at the shore line. These gantry’s were needed to have a perfect match between the barges that docked and the platforms that they parked at. This was critical as the barges contained trains on tracks, the barge tracks were aligned with tracks on dock and shore and the trains were simple driven off and continued on their way to points on Long Island.
There are 2 sets of Gantrys that allowed for 8 sets of tracks. This is one of the 2 gantry’s. Two tracks ran thru each side.

Another photo that came from having the point and shoot with me at all times

Nikon P7000    Program AE, 1/1,100 sec, f/4, ISO 400   6mm (translates to 28mm FX)

 

 

Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

 Hello All

A few weeks ago during my summer holidays inUruguay. A storm is coming.

 Nikon D300+ 18-200 VR @ 27mm

ISO 200 – f 4 – 1/5000

 

Stanley Beck – Jackson, Mississippi

 Bumble Bee on Indian Hawthorn” – Ah, Springtime. It great to see flowers blooming, and bees exercising their responsibility to pollinate the flowers so that we will have them again next year. Again, this is just out of my front door, but the weather is better.

 Nikon D200, ISO 200, f/16, 1/200 sec., 105mm macro lens, tripod

 

Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

 Here is a shot I took near the sea front.  Apparently the area has transformed tremendously during my absence and there were lots of office or residential buildings.  Who said something about the lost decade or two here?  Seems doing pretty good to me :-)  Anyway, I saw the setting sun just the verge of the building and the contrast seemed interesting.  Hope you are having a great week. 

Ken
www.kih.me

D700, 28-300 @28mm, f/8, 1/1250s, ISO 200

 

 

Emma Roberts – Coventry, England

 Wow, another week has flown by.
This Sunday was Mothers Day in the UK, we didn’t really make a big deal out of it but we did spend teh afternoon at a local country park which has a large wood. In a few weeks the whole woodland is carpeted in bluebells, I will try to head back there then for another photo.
I hope you’ve all had a good week

 

 

Sandi Mahncke – Snellville, Georgia

 This is a shot from my back deck of my “friendship” ball-  just a little bit of garden art and I thought it looked neat w/ the sun shining on it – not much else to say about it…   hoping to get some time soon to get out and take more pics but the schedule is pretty tight recently.  Looking forward to everyone’s shots this week – some of you really live in some amazing places w/ some pretty amazing photo ops –  Hope everyone has a great week!

 

Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark

 Just from another day at the harbour.

This boat here, is in the water, all year but several are made ready for the summer season.

 Have a nice week all

Jens

 

 

Angie Vega – Wake Forest, North Carolina

 My kids are always such a help when I need something creative to photograph.  On St. Patrick’s Day my daughter, Annia, promised me that she would find me a 4-leaf clover.  She went out to the yard and within 5 minutes came running inside the house with such excitement and what does she hold in her tiny and soil filled fingers, a 4-leaf clover.  I don’t know if it’s the luck of the Irish, but at the end of the day she had found 52, yes that is correct, 4-leaf clovers.  

 

 

Stephanie DiPietro – Pacific Palasides, California

 The juxtaposition of the lone paddleboarder against the vast sea and sunset sky was remarkable to me.  

 This was taken inSanta Monica,CA.

 

 

Wayne Ervine – Johannesburg, South Africa

 This is the 2nd pic from last week that didn’t get published.

Due to my camera being in for repairs, thought I’d post another pic from my most recent shoot. Decided to age the photo some. A classic look is ageless.

Taken with a Nikon D300 and Tokina 20-35.

 

 

Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

 Hello all!

This week I’m sending again something different form landscapes. This time it’s a rather abstract photo, long exposure over urban elements. Something I would like to do more often, but somehow I never get to it.

I look forward to your photos on wendsday!

Greetings, Filip.

 Pozdrav, Filip.

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Moje fotke i blog: http://www.filiplucin.com/

 

Davorin Mance – Cakovec, Croatia

 Hello Sharpshooters!

 Rapids on river Drava, Croatiajust before sunset.
The use of polarizing filters allow me to reveal rocks below the water surface while last rays of the sun stain the surrounding forest in warm orange and brown tones.

Best regards!  Davorin Mance

www.davorinmance.com/fotografije

 

 

Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

 Just a cute candid of a 1 yr old. Just loved her outfit. Thanks Joe for workin’ hard to catch up.

 D3, 28-300 F/3.5, 300mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec. ISO 640, SB 900 flash.

 

 

Stacy Winsett – Allen, Texas

 I named this tree “The Guardian.” It is amidst a field of young cacti inSouth Texasnear my mother’s home in Saint Hedwig.

 Processing included exposure and fill light adjustments and a slight purple/green split tone to bring out the green of all of the thriving plant life. It looks like a painting to me.🙂

 Nikon D90 w/18-105mm kit lens    1/125 @ f/5.6 42mm ISO200

 

 

John McGraw – Lansing Michigan

 ChicagoIL– The Bean

I go toChicagooften for both work and pleasure. On this evening I went back to The Bean (sculpture by Anish Kapoor) before heading over near the river for the rest of the evening. I always enjoy spending time in and aroundMillenniumPark. The Bean can give you a different look almost every time you are there. I love this angle with the sky in the background, people posing for photos and the bright lights of the city reflecting on the sculpture. 

 John

 

Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia

 Autumn is here and the large silver birch trees around our house are beginning to gain the gorgeous seasonal golden hues.  I love using the foliage of these trees as a backdrop to photographing the many small birds we have here in the garden.  So last weekend the sun was shining and it was time to pull out the old Ai-P 500mm lens for a run.  I set up inside the kitchen window as I was really hoping for a red rosella which are a tad shy when I’m set up right in front of the perching branches.

 This is a Silvereye which is the equal smallest bird we have in the garden, this one is approx. 9cm long from beak to tail.   Silvereyes are not too difficult to shoot as they remain still for a second or two at a time making crisp still frames with less than optimum shutter speeds quite achievable.

 Tripod mounted D700 + Nikkor Ai-P 500mm f/4 lens @ f/6.3, 1/400th sec, ISO 1250

 

Robin Warner – Santa Monica, California

 Cannon 60D, ISO 250, f/9, 1/500

 The last leg of the LA Marathon.  Mile 25.5.  One step at a time!

 

Deb Sulzberger – Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

 Morning Fog:
 
I pass this spot on the way to work every morning and to be honest have never really taken any notice, some mornings it looks like this, some mornings it doesn’t.
I never really thought it was any thing special but on this morning thought i might stop, click and at least i would have a photo for my 365 Project if nothing else turned up. Nothing else did so i used it..Well what a surprise when the comments and the favs went crazy and it made the Popular Page. I didn’t even bother getting out of the car, i just wound down the window and clicked off a few shots…
Ok, i am happy with it and maybe i shouldn’t be so complacent about my surroundings, it is pretty on reflection.

 

Frits Stempher – Maastricht the Netherlands

 This milliner I encountered during a trip throughSouthern France.

A beautiful lady that’s perfect for her profession.

 Gr Frits Stempher

Maastricht

 

 

Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

 I had written earlier that I’d thought about joining a fitness gym more than once over the years.  When I arrived at the Pensacola Naval Lighthouse I came to realize why I haven’t joined as I climbed to the top of the Lighthouse.  By the time I got to the top, my body was saying, “You doddering old fool, what the hell are you doing?”  The next day it was screaming at me!

The Pensacola Naval Lighthouse was enveloped in fog by the time I got to the top.  There was no view of the Gulf or of the Naval Air Station.  I looked down and could see the faint form of trees hidden in the fog.  I took a few shots of the glass and headed back down.  Once at the bottom, I remembered the words of Dirty Harry, “A man’s got to know his limitations.”

Have a great week!

 

 

Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

 Hello Everybody,

I have a little bit special photo this week, as I was doing photography at my aerials/burlesque studio on Sunday and I was privileged to photograph Coppelia Jane, Miss Burlesque Queensland 2011. She is the most incredible burlesque performer, costume designer and maker, and a biologist by day🙂 Some of you might have seen some of my aerials images on Facebook this week, but for those, who are new to the terminology, aerials are acrobatics performed on lyra (aerial hoop), on silks (long pieces of fabric hanging from the ceiling) or trapeze. I take classes on lyra and silks, hence the choice of subject for this week. 

I look forward to seeing all your images. 

Jana 

 Nikon D700, 24-70mm f/2.8@ISO 200, 1/160s, f/10

 

Steven Lakose – Wallingford, Connecticut

 Commercial fishing dock onStockIsland(part ofKey Weston the east side)

Gale force winds “grounded” this fishing fleet for several days.  I was lucky to have a few good sunsets, nice sunrises and some good night shots too.  I asked permission to walk their docks and take pictures and they were most accommodating. 

 Nikon D200 18-70 lens @ 18mm F8 1/6 sec with ISO-800, hand held (leaning against a piling to steady the camera)

 

 

 

Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania

 I’ve got this shot in oldcastleofMatthyas CorvinusinTransylvania, a place where vampires are not shy even in daytime.

 Shot with Mamiya 7II, Mamiya 80mm F/4 lens, Ilford Delta 100 Pro film

 

 

Suzanne Bauer – West Dover, Vermont

 Honey Rolling in the Sun

This past weekend was just beautiful weather and the horses enjoyed the  warm sun as much as we did.  I found Honey laying down and walked over to her to get some photos.  Not too close mind you, you wouldn’t want to be in the way when a horse gets up from lying down!  Lucky for me she decided to roll and I got a couple good shots of her, this is one of them.

 

 

Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

 “Double IPA at the Pi Bar”

 Celebrating Pi Day 2012 at the Pi Bar — all draught pints were $3.14 as were each slice of pizza pie – yum!

 EOS 7D, 24-70 2.8L at 25mm, ISO 6400 !!, f/2.8, 1/25, friend’s iPhone provided the  ide illumination.

Cheers!  -Ken Papai

 

 

 

Peggy G – Tupelo, Mississippi

 Finally, a hawk that makes me happy!  This one was inside Veteran’s Park where I’ve never seen one before.  I was very excited when I turned around and saw it sitting in a tree in a very  open area close by.  Taken with my 70-300 lens.

 

 

 

Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana

 Hi everyone !  

We have had a few foggy morning .  I try and get out early on these morning as there are so many photo opportunities.

While I am not crazy about spiders and crawling around in the grass where they live, I do like how the webs and misty fog make some wonderful jeweled effects. 

Hope you enjoy.

 

 

Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

 My wife and I are remodeling our master bathroom, so I dug deep for this shot taken years ago with my Nikon F5, using IR film. This is a shot of a mission nearSan Franciscoon a perfect day – it was vacation, warm, not a cloud in the sky and I had a new camera.

 Best regards fromBrooks,Georgia, where we dabbled with winter for a couple of days and went right into summer (my pool is 73 degrees – IN THE MIDDLE OF MARCH!!!).

 Don

 

 

Special Bonus Photo Section

The bonus photo is of interest from somewhere in the world

 Frits Stempher

 My entry for week   a parrot.

 Greetings Frits Stempher

 

Angie Vega 

This is Kiomi, our 4 year old miniature poodle.  She basically photobomb my shoot.  I was trying to capture the 4-leaf clover that you see on the right (well the green glob) and she decided that she would join the fun. 

 

 

Robin Warner

 Poor Jorge   

Walked up to watch the runners finish the LA Marathon.  This shot was taken at mile 25.5….This poor guy was almost done.  He had a horrible cramp and was barely walking.  He had such a sense of disappointment, but after a stretch and some deep breathes and some encouragement from all the spectators…he started back up again and headed to the finish line.  What an accomplishment, what determination!!!

Cannon 60D, ISO 250, F/9, 1/800

 

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Week 110 – March 14, 2012

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

 The 59th Street Bridge

The East River separates Manhattanfrom Queens. The Long IslandCityshoreline offers many places to view the skyline across the river. GantryParkhas 4 piers that jut out into the river and affords you some great views and angles.  This one is looking north up the river towards the59th Street (Queensboro) Bridge)

 The point Nikon P7000 point and shoot I always try and keep with me comes in handy. Was at a client when I passed by this park inLong IslandCity. 

 

 

 

Angie Vega – Wake Forest, North Carolina

 I would first like to say Thank You for having me join this great and very diverse group.  I am very excited to share my pictures with a wonderful group of beginners (like me) and professional photographers. The first pictureI am going to share is this friendly critter that I refer to as Rudy.  Rudy or Rudies have become very comfortable in my back porch.  Even so that they will come up to my window and stare inside the house, I have pictures to prove that as well, until I come out and put something (basically anything) for them to eat. This is a gourd that I have placed in my back porch and they find it very cozy at times.  If its raining, snowing, or just windy, you can certainly find a Rudy hiding in this gourd. 

 

 

 

Stephanie DiPietro – , PacificPalisades,California

 I spent ten amazing days inNew York City, my favorite place in the world, took hundreds of photos and 

as I was flying out, I was fortunate enough to look back and see this incredibly moving sight.  My family

lives in the city, so I know I’ll be back, but leaving is never easy”

 Thanks again,   Stephanie.

 

 

 

Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

 Hello All

 Taken last January in a very hot night here inBuenos Aires

 Nikon D300 + 50mm 1.4  ISO 2000  –  f 2.2  – 1/250

 

 

 

Emma Roberts – Coventry, England

 First of all, thank you for the lovely comments this week!
It’s another b&w from me this week. This weekend we visited my parents, who live in a small village near the Cotswolds, I went for a walk in one of the fields in front of their house and found my first daisy of the Spring. I also saw my first butterfly of the year, the first bumble bee and my first baby lambs. Add all of that with the wonderful sunshine we’ve had and I think I can say, Spring has arrived!
This was taken with my 50mm lens and 7mm and 28mm macro extension tubes. I have added the coloured version to my 365 project if you want to see that to compare. (http://365project.org/emmar84/odds-sods-and-i/2012-03-11#comment-8196024)
 
I hope that Spring is arriving where you are or, if you are in the Southern hemisphere, that your Autumn is a mild one.
Emma

 

 

 

Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark

 Thank for the comment on my photo from last week, Very much appreciated.

The snow has gone and spring is on its way. Here a Guy trying to get his dinner.

As always larger photo at http://www.fotomedia.dk

 Al the best, Jens

 

 

 

John McGraw – Lansing Michigan

 MichiganCherry Trees

 The state ofMichiganis a wonderful place to be a photographer, between the great lakes and the weather changes, there is always a different backdrop to shoot. On this day I was driving fromTraverse CitytoMackinawCity. It’s a two lane highway with water on one side and beautiful country side on the other. This is a big area for Cherry Trees. It was towards the end of winter, the weather was just breaking but there was still snow on the ground. It made for a foggy morning. I saw this cherry tree field from the highway and decided to see what I could capture and I was pleasantly surprised when I came across this image. The fog I captured here only lasted about 3 minutes and then was gone. 

 

 

 

 

Robin Warner – Santa Monica, California

 Canon EOS 60D, ISO 100, F/5/6, 1/80

 One More Hit.

 Met this guy invenicebeach.  He was just chilling with his buddies.  They are actually part of a band and we struck up a very interesting conversation with him.  It is always interesting to talk to these folks and find out their stories.  Not always easy to do it….but always interesting.

 

 

 

Joseph Leotta, Junior – New York, New York

 From my office building in NYC

 

 

 

Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

 I’ve read/listened to nearly every James Lee Burke book in the Dave Robicheaux series.  Although Robicheaux doesn’t drink, Clete Purcel, his best friend does.  Usually a JAX or two are included as his liquid libation. 

 While inNew Orleans, I found this brewery near the levee a couple of blocks fromBourbon Street.  Many people, me included, equate the story of Jax Beer with the old Jackson Brewery inNew Orleans.  What I’ve since found out is the true JAX was produced and bottled inNorthwest Jacksonvillefrom 1914 to 1956.  In 1956, the rights to the drink were sold to the famed brewery inNew Orleans.

 TheNew Orleansbrewery was the largest independent brewery in the south and the tenth largest single-plant brewery in the country.  Today the building is no longer a brewery, but the view is still intoxicating. 

 Have a great week!

Gej   

 

 

 

Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

 Finally on my 4th trip to see the baby owlets I got to shoot them together. They are probably flying on there own by now. Sure was fun watching them.

Nikon D3x, Nikon 300 2.8, Nikon TC-20E III, 600mm, F/10, 1/200 sec, ISO 200

 

 

 

 

Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania

 Photo from ten days back, Army got to fight the snow on the streets, now spring is here and all the snow is gone, nice and warm, hard to believe is the same place.

 Shot with Nikon F6, Nikon 50mm F/1.4, Kodak Tmax400

 

 

 

Sandi Mahncke – Snellville, Georgia

 My shot this week is of my view from the front / port side of the boat as we sailed back to Tortola – one of my favorite spots on the boat w/ the wind in my face and not a care in the world ( except for the fear my friend and  “Captain” would try to dump me!!  : ).   Hope everyone has a great week – looking forward to seeing everyone’s Week 110 photos! 

 

 

 

Stacy Winsett – Allen, Texas

 Shot with Nikon D90  Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S VR 1/160 @ f/6.3 ISO 250 Massive cropping. I need a telescope!

 Gej shared a stacking tutorial with me that I want to dive into, I have seen some amazing moon shots that were the product of stacking up to 50 images, so I am anxious to try it!

 

 

 

Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

 It was a year after 3.11 last Sunday.  A moment of silence was held everywhere.  Solemn moment for many who suffered and who saw people suffer – all of us or even some of you who saw it on the news.  Just can’t bear watching news these days as they are all about the stories who died and who survived.  Here is one snapshot of it, where people stopped and bowed at the exact time in the most busy shopping town in Tokyo.  Impressive, but nothing to be proud of (not much of a photo, either).  We are just fortunate to be alive to enjoy shopping and taking photos.  We cannot and should not forget about the day.  In front of the power of the nature, we are nothing but a small dust.  Be happy with what you got now, I mean right now.  That is what I have to remember every now and then.  Ken
www.kih.me

D700, 28-300mm @50mm, f/8, 1/320s, ISO 200

 

 

 

Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

 Hello all!

Thank you all for your kind words on my Kitty. She has been with me for more than 10 years! and she is now a lady in serious years. So, yes Emma you right. She is well versed in those kind of looks.🙂

For this week I’m sending a macro photo. I love landscape photography, but I thought I could show that I can do other things beside landscapes.🙂 So, this week it’s a macro of a small flowers taken with my Nikkor 28-70mm lens using extension tubes. Since I have the cheapest tubes that are just that, tubes without electronics, all I do is with manual focusing and closing the aperture all the way down to f/16.

The size of actual flower was around 3mm. See you all on Wednesday, for another round of photos from all around the world!🙂

 Pozdrav, Filip.

Moje fotke i blog: http://www.filiplucin.com/

 

 

 

Steven Lakose – Wallingford, Connecticut

(OK back to my old stand bys, sunsets and boats)

Commercial fishing dock onStockIsland(part ofKey Weston the east side)

Gale force winds “grounded” this fishing fleet for several days.  I was lucky to have a few good sunsets, nice sunrises and some good night shots too (wish I had my tripod).  I asked permission to walk their docks and take pictures and they were most accommodating.  I talked with several of them and offered any of my pictures to them in return for their hospitality (one Captain gave me about 3 pounds of fresh shrimp).  I’ll be sending a few CD’s worth later this week to them.

 Nikon D200 18-70 lense @ 18mm F8 1/4 sec with ISO-800

 

 

 

Davorin Mance – Cakovec, Croatia

Hi Sharpshooters!

 Winter is finally at an end, and as a greeting to her  I am sharing this photo of snowy river captured three weeks ago.

 Olympus E3, Olympus ED 9-18 @ 9mm, ISO 100, 1.6sec @ f/7.1, Cokin GND strong filter, tripod, boots😉

 Best regards, Davorin

www.davorinmance.com

 

 

 

Stanley Beck – Jackson, Mississippi

 “Flowers with faces” – Nothing special today. Between the bad weather that we have been having lately, and the price of gas, I seem to have to pick my subjects close to my door.

 Nikon D200, ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/500 sec. (100mm macro, hand held, between wind gusts).

 

 

 

Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia

 After using my new compact point and shoot camera for a few weeks now I’m finding it’s strength lies in photographing subject matter closer to the lens rather than distant landscape type imagery.  Also being so small it’s great for hand holding in very tight delicate situations like close to the core of this large agave plant in my garden, very easy to hold a tiny weight in a tight space without getting bitten……

Taken with Canon S95 compact camera at 28mm wide (35mm equivalent) f/7.1, 1/80th sec with IS on, ISO 250  rendered to B&W in Photoshop using channel mixer.

 

 

 

Wayne Ervine – Johannesburg, South Africa

 Greetings all.

Managed to do a rather fun shoot last saturday. Well, mostly fun. Seeing my camera in pieces on the floor after it was knocked off a table was the not so fun part..

 None the less, managed to get some elegant and somewhat sexy photos of a young lady who I enjoy working with. 

I hope you enjoy these too.

 Taken with a Nikon D300 and Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 and Tokina 20-35 lenses.

 

 

 

Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

 Ram’s Gate Colorful View”

Ram’s Gate is a new winery in the southern part of the Carneros and happens to be the closest winery to our house. They also employ a fulltime chef and kitchen staff. They have wonderful food & wine pairings. Many of the estate vines are newly planted as in this photo and some construction machinery still around is visible. The old olive tree does a wonderful job framing this photo.

 Canon EOS 7D, 3/10/.2012, 28mm, ISO 200, f/5, 1/1250  (shot raw, 18MP original image

 

CARNEROS HIGHWAYVINES  

 I wanted to get the wine country highway in this shot. I love the texture and pattern of the vines and clouds cooperated very well.

 Canon EOS 7D, 3/10/.2012, 50mm, ISO 200, f/7.1, 1/400  (shot raw, 18MP original image)

 

 

 

Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

 I used to be a member of the Commemorative Air Force, based in the next town over. They have a P-51, an SBD Dive Bomber, a T-6 and so on. One of the members owns this WWII F4 that’s in pristine condition.

 Don

 Nikon D300s

 

 

 

Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

 Hello Everybody,

 I haven’t posted for a long time, but I’ve been looking at your stunning work.

My photo this week is from a Gold Coast (Australia) photo shoot for a sportswear brand Geo, we had the best day for photography, and generally the most fantastic time the whole weekend. This photo has been taken as a second photo of that day and thanks to it’s crashing wave in the background it has become my favourite and it will even be featured at the front page of the company’s website. Love a result like this. 

 I look forward to seeing all your photos this week. 

Jana 

Nikon D700, 24-70mm f/2.8@ISO 200, f/6.3, 1/800s

 

 

 

Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana

 Hi everyone and welcome to the new members.

A walk in the swamp  provided this shot of a hover on a wild daisy.

 Hope you enjoy

 

 

 

Peggy G – Tupelo, Mississippi

This little bird was down near our lake on our property.  This spring and summer we just have not had many birds at all, I think the tornados blew them all somewhere else this year.  Although we have plenty of crows!
 
Nikon D5000, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/326s, ISO200

 

 

 

Suzanne Bauer – West Dover, Vermont

 Skiing atMountSnow…

Here is my son on the chair lift at Mount Snow Ski Resort which is about a mile down the road from our house.  Skiing is his life.  He just loves it!  I’m glad he has something to be so passionate about!  Thought I’d change the shot up a bit and go B & W and then add back his colors, haven’t done that in a while.

 Loving everyone’s photos, and welcome to our new members!

 

 

 

Deb Sulzberger – Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

 Often on the way home from work i stop at the local reservoir to shoot some ducks.. .Camera only….Did not intend to get this shot, guess i just got lucky on the day…
Great lot of shots from all wekl 109…fantastic.. Can’t wait to see this weeks… Glad we are all back on track thanks to Joseph….

Hope everyones week is running smoothly….

 

 

 

Special Bonus Photo Section

The bonus photo is of interest from somewhere in the world

 Roberta Davidson

 I bounce back and forth between macro and birds.   Both offer some

challenge for me I find myself practicing on the birds in the back yard,

 Hope you enjoy

 

 

 

Joseph Leotta

 Saturday at the Market

 From Saturday’s shopping trip over to littleItalyin theBronx. Inside TheArthur AvenueRetail Market

 

 

 

Stephanie DiPietro

 Bridge inCentral Park(with only a tiny bit of desaturation)

 

 

 

 

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Week 109 – March 7, 2011

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

 Calandra’s Cheese Company

 I’ve been going toArthur Avenueand Little Italy every Saturday for the past few week to do some shopping.  Normally I go once in a while but the shops have become too addicting lately.

 One that is quickly becoming of the favorite stops is Calandra’s Cheese.   There are Just so many Italian cheeses that they import and have at reasonable prices.   Parmigiano-Reggiano, Fresh mozzarella, scamorza, provolone cheeses galore, homemade ricotta and so many more.

The store has been open since 1920’s and think that it’s unchanged since then. I’ve said it before,Arthur Avenuehas some of the most photogenic vendors anywhere.

Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

 Hello All

A flower at Regent’s Park,London

Nikon D300 + 18- 200 VR @ 200 mm

ISO 200  –  f 8  – 1/1000

Frits Stempher – Maastricht the Netherlands

 Graffiti on a dilapidated house.

I do not know what it is now but I can already send two photos. One for week 108, and for week 109. I am for 10 days toCuracao.

 Met vriendelijke groet,

Frits Albert Stempher

Steven Lakose – Wallingford, Connecticut

 MilfordYacht club frost bite race series.

Trying to catch a shot reminiscent of the old 12 meter racing shots

 Nikon D200 1/1250 sec F/5.6  70mm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stacy Winsett – Allen, Texas

 I took so many photos at the Dallas Arboretum last week. The flowers are simply amazing, and they have done quite a lot of renovation – adding an infinity gazing pool that overlooksWhiteRockLakeand a really niceJapaneseGardenarea that is still under construction. I loved these purple snapdragons – they were partially in the shade which made the sunlight create some interesting details.

 Nikon D90 Nikkor AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor ED 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF ISO200 1/500 @ f/5.6 300mm focal length

Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark

 Early morning. The waves and the sunlight caught my eyes.

Not much else to say about that:-)

 All the best

Jens

Emma Roberts – Coventry, England

 This photo isn’t anything particularly special, just one of the fields near my house which I took in the Spring sunshine this weekend.
 
Thanks,
Emma

Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan 

I share everyones concern for Joe and his family.  Many of us have been in his shoes and it isn’t easy.    Support from friends and family certainly help and our family of photographers is no exception.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Joe.

 My photo this week is a very unique look at the Sydney Opera House.  While on tour I zigged when everyone else zagged.   I found myself alone and looking at what you see.   I’ve never seen another photo of the Sydney Opera House from this vantage point.  

Hope you like the symmetry.

As always, my hope is you all have a great week.

Gej

Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

Visited a nice park with all kinds of birds about 10 days ago. Saw maybe 25+ different kinds.

Nikon D3x, Nikon 300 2.8, Nikon TC-20E III, 600mm, F/5.6, 1/800 sec, ISO 200

Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

 RAM’S GATE MUSTARD”

 Mustard aplenty in the vineyards here in March. Spent part of wonderful Saturday afternoon eating & tasting at Ram’s Gate Winery in the Carneros,SonomaCounty.

 EOS 7D, 24mm, f/9, ISO 100, 3/3/2012.

 Ken Papai

Sandi Mahncke – Snellville, Georgia

 Hope everyone is doing well this week.   I don’t generally do much post editing – basically because I’m not very good at it and don’t find the time right now to do a lot with it – I just have one of the very basic adobe photo shop elements programs and really only use it to lighten up pics.  But I was playing around tonite and tried the “solarize” option on this pic and thought the result was pretty interesting –  this shot is fromCowWreckBeachon Anegada, BVI –  beautiful spot and I love the conch shells used in the landscaping around the beach bar…  Just sharing one more little piece of paradise with you again this week!

  

Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

 How are you everyone?  Here is my submission from still-cold Tokyo.  One day excursion to Yokohama, the port town just south of Tokyo.  My home town is Yokohama, but have been away for so long and there are now lots of new building, in fact they created whole new town on the “reclaimed” land – don’t know how it will withstand the big earthquake :-)  Anyway, this is one “objet” standing in between the huge shopping mall building and another one.  Used tilt-shift lens and turned out interesting.  Hope you have a great week.  Ken

www.kih.me
D700, 24mm PC-E, f/4, 1/4000s, ISO 200

Robin Warner – Santa Monica, California

 The Grip

 Panasonic Lumix DMX -LX5.  

Got this shot with my mini camera while in Joshua Tree.  I wish I had brought my cannon…there was so much to shoot there.  Loved how this looked like a hand with a finger nail too.

John McGraw – Lansing Michigan

 Key WestFL- Fantasy Fest 2010

If you have never been to Fantasy Fest you need to. Its a photographers paradise, with so many interesting people walking around wanting to be photographed. This guy just has the perfectKey Westfeel, I see retirement and relaxed all through his face.

Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania

 Legacy of heavily industrialized days of communist system, this plant still runs and produce heat for part of the city.  Ugly as is I find this kind of structures very interesting and I try to get them on film before they succumb to modernization.

 Thing is, all this was supposed to be “creative destruction” but when plants are replaced with shopping malls or teared down to become developing plots makes you wander what is going on.

 Shot with Nikon F6, Zeiss Makro Planar 100mm F/2 ZF lens, Kodak Tmax 400, scanned with Nikon Coolscan 9000ED.

Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

 This is another shot from my whirl-wind sales tour of the mid-west a week or so ago. Needless to say, it’s flat inNebraska. And not just flat, but unbelievably flat. Still, it has an attraction I really enjoy.

Don

iPhone

Per-Christian Nilssen – Sarpsborg, Norway

 I have not been shooting so much lately.  I have 2 major projects:  1 scanning all the old slides I found at my parent’s (pictures from the 50, 60 and 70’ies), wanting to ask my mother who and where before it is too late…  and, equally time consuming:  Moving to a new house in June, and trying to sell the old one.

 But I found the time to take an evening stroll at the beach with my daughter last weekend.  This image I have called “Loneliness…”

 D300, Nikkor 24-70.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deb Sulzberger – Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

 Test Cricket at the Waca, Perth, Australia

Australiav India…….We now have 50 over games and 20/20 but test cricket is still the finest version of the game….

Some amazing photos by everyone last week and looking forward to veiwing week 109.

Stanley Beck – Jackson, Mississippi

“Pear Tree Blossoms” – I’m glad that Spring is arriving. The weather has been terrible for the past couple of months, with only a hand full of days that were nice. This was taken on one of those few days. I’ll take what I can get.

Nikon D200, ISO 200, f/11, 1/500 sec.

Davorin Mance – Cakovec, Croatia

 From photo-walk with Filip Lučin and one other friend two weeks ago. Water sprinkling over the rock reminds me on claw.

 Olympus E3, Olympus ED 9-18mm @ 9mm, 1.4 sec @ f/14, Cokin GND S filter, tripod.

 Regards,

Davorin Mance

www.davorinmance.com/fotografije

http://facebook.com/davorin.mance

Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

 Hello all!

Form time to time, I do photograph other things, not only landscapes.🙂 Here is a photo of my kitty, who is a lady in serious ages now. And, she is really annoyed every time I approach her with a camera.

 I want to thank Greg and Stacy for making comments on the thread, I really appreciate them.

Greg, because dust and if you are in big town, smog accumulate in the air, sunsets tend to be more reddish, while sunrises tend to go more to pinks. Not the rule, but if it’s red, it’s probably a sunset.

 And I want to answer to Suzanne here. I’m sorry, but my mail get bounced by lot of servers as spam, so I’ll use this space for it. Suzanne, I think that libraries (as ones in LR) are disasters waiting to happen. You’ll format disc, by new computer, something will brake, and you’ll library will disassemble and nothing will be there… And not to mention that libraries will become huge after couple of years…

My way is: make folder for year, in that folder make folders for months, in that folder make descriptive name of whats in side and make one for jpgs.

this would look something like: 2012/01/Shooting sunset on the river/jpgs That is similar to Per-Christian’s way… I don’t use any of Adobe products so I suppose I’m not mainstream in that, but my way is working for me for a quite long time now… Of course, I’m not implying it’s the right way, but as I said it’s working for me.

Suzanne Bauer – West Dover, Vermont

 Haflinger Hair

Some Haflingers have a little bit of hair and others have tons of it!

These two Cami and Jack have a lot of hair!  So sad to say they are leaving our stables this week.  But they are going to a good home and they’ll still be together as they have been for many years.  I’m taking as many photos as I can of them before they leave, I just love them both!

Joseph Leotta, Junior – New York, New York

 Snowboarding is one of my favorite things to do. Which is why I find the summer months to be torturous. A few years back, one of my good friends introduced me to longboarding and I knew I had found a way to get my snowboarding fix during the summer. Recently, I took it one step further and turned an old snowboard deck I had into a longboard by drilling some holes and mounting trucks and wheels. It’s definitely a unique creation, but I love riding this thing around. Just like snowboarding in the summer.  

Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia

 Finally my little Canon S95 compact camera has been used for it’s intended purpose.  I carried it with me in my back jersey pocket on this rainy day ride and managed to get a photo incorporating one end of a rainbow.  I was riding through a short, sharp rain shower and could see the sun warming the fields behind the shower so I already figured the light mat be ‘suitable’ for a token bike photo out the far end of the shower.  The rain cleared faster than I anticipated and I had to quickly unclip and lean my trusty slick shod rainy day MTB against this road reflector post in a mad rush to capture a glimpse of the rainbow which had materialised.

A little post shoot editing later to clone out some power lines and some perspective corrections and hey presto I have a nice image from that day’s ride and I’m very pleased I have a camera which is highly portable and can take a decent exposure without too much fiddling about.

Captured hand held, dripping wet and still breathing in deep breaths…….  Canon S95 at 28mm (35mm equivalent) f/7.1, 1/640th sec, ISO250

Wayne Ervine – Johannesburg, South Africa

 Every now and again it’s fun to shoot something that is not a person. This fountain was out front of the restaraunt where I shot a fashion show last night. Love the combination of the fire and water.

Taken with a Nikon D300 (borrowed) and Tokina 20-35mm resting on a wall

Peggy G – Tupelo, Mississippi

 Ducks on the lake at my favorite park – Veteran’s Park.
 
Nikon D5000, 300mm, F/8, 1/400s, ISO200

Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana

 Hi everyone!

 My shot is of the anhinga .  This is a female.   I have yet to get one

of these gorgeous birds fishing.  Will keep trying.

 Thanks to those who commented last week, much appreciated

Special Bonus Photo Section

The bonus photo is of interest from somewhere in the world

 Robin Warner

 Cannon EOS60D, Lens Tameron 18-270, iso 125, 70mm, f/5, 1/125

 Black Out.

Found this guy in West HollywoodCalifornia.  9AM just out like a light with this poncho over his head.  It was one of those moments where I had to make a u-turn and come back and take his photo

Frits Stempher

 Last week during a visit toWillemstad,Curacao, I saw this wall painting through the trees.

 Greetings Frits StempherMaastricht

 http://www.fritsellen.com

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Week 108 – Feb 29, 2011

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

 The boardwalk railing

It just has not been showing any signs of winter here in NY. Before all ths kaos started I took a afternoon walk at the beach. Thought the railing added a nice element to the shot, adding another parallel line

This is actually a HDR with edge smoothing to remove the painterly effect

Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

 Hello All

 InVienna, a street performer as a living statue.

 Nikon D300 + 18-200 VR @ 56mm    ISO 640  –  f  4.8 – 1/160

Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark

 We have had some very cold but beautiful mornings lately and I tried my new NIK-HDR plug-in for PS. This it put together from 7 photos and then

a little saturation in NX2 to emphasize the red colours in the sky and in the buildings.

 All the best

Jens

Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

 Stolpman Vineyards Oak”

 Saturday morning driving theSanta Barbarawine country with my wife –Ballard Canyon Rd.aboveLos Olivos,Calif., the Santa Ynez Valley.

2/18/2012 — Canon EOS 7D, 85mm at 1/500, f/9, ISO 200. The morning fog was mostly burned off.

 Tom Stolpman makes stunning red wines including Syrah – one of my favorites. 

Saarloos – Terraces Vineyard”

On the other side ofBallard Cyn Roadis Saarloos & sons (“Saarlonsons”) vineyards and their planting of syrah on their hillside Terraces Vineyard.

Los Olivos,Calif.- Santa Ynez Valley. Photo: 2/18/2012, Canon EOS 7D, 85mm 1.8 lens, 1/800, f/5.6, ISO 200.

 Both Saarloos & sons and Stolpman have excellent tasting rooms in the small town ofLos Olivos.

Frits Stempher – Maastricht the Netherlands

 Old shoes all covered with dust. This picture I made in an old dilapidated factory.

 I am for 10 days to Curaçau.

 Greetings Frits Stempher

Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

 Here is one of the first submission from my recent trip to northwestern region of Japan.  It faces the Sea of Japanand is known for its high wind and rough see, together with always notorious bad weather (no sun, dark, and mostly snow).  This year, the snow is exceptionally bad.  More than 100 have died from snow related accidents – some from falling from the roof when trying to drop the accumulated snow, some from buried by the snow which slided down on someone who just happened to be there, and some from the traffic accidents caused by the slippery road…..  So, naturally many people tried to stop me from going there, but I wanted to see the rough weather there and the place I was going to was not so bad according to the hotel manager.  Indeed, I was surprised that around the hotel area – where hot spring is famous – there is no to little snow accumulation.  It snows, but doesn’t accumulate.  I had a very good time with good food and good scenery (mostly gray, though…).  Here is the first one..  Hope you enjoy it….  Ken
www.ken.me

D700, 135mm f/2 D, f/2.8, 1/250s, ISO2800 (AUTO), from the hotel room.

Peggy G – Tupelo, Mississippi

 This Cooper’s Hawk was sitting on a road sign.  I came up behind it and got closer than I usually get to them.  I was excited to get this, but keep hoping for a good in flight photo.  Someday.
 
Week #107 was a great week.  I enjoyed every photo.  Joe, hope life is a little more calm for you for awhile.  (-:
 
Have a great week.

Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

 Hello all!

I’m glad Joe and we are back on track, after a break. I’m sure we all missed our weakly ration of photos.🙂 This is first time in a while I had trouble choosing a photo for Sharpshooters. Last saturday I was with Davorin and another friend from our photo club on a nearby river and we enjoyed warm winter morning with glorious sunrise.

Weather conditions were perfect and I have more than few photos I’m happy with. For our group I’ve decided to show you rather calm photo where sun is just small dot emerging over horizon and painting few clouds red on a big blue sky.

See you on Wednesday!🙂

Greetings, Filip.

Bill Shenton – Sheldon, CT

 This picture was taken of a new wooden boat (37 foot sloop) being built… inside a wood stove heated shed… by a friend who owns the oldest continuing in service family owned boat building… marina…  and storage facility in the US. I believe that he is the 7th generation and his Son who works with him is the 8th. The boat will be all wood except for the lead keel which was poured in one pour in sand in the ground right outside his shop. If it is not poured in one pour during it’s life the lead will separate which could cause a catastrophic failure resulting in the boat sinking…  the keel weighs 1400 lbs. There are very few wooden boat building companies still in business and an art that is quietly and quickly disappearing… Hope you enjoy.

Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

 Happy Wednesday Sharpshooters!

Glad to know that Jr. is doing well and will soon be back to normal. Last weeks submissions were Great!  I really enjoyed looking at all of your work!

My photo this week is again from the Cunningham Pier, Geelong,Victoria,Australia.  There are a number of these ‘painted men’ in and around the pier.  All brought a smile to my face!

 This is a special week for one of our newest members.  John McGraw is having his first Gallery Showing at Art Alley on Friday.  Let me be the first to wish him our very best.  Congratulations John!!!

Everyone, have a wonderful week.

Gej

Robin Warner Santa Monica, California

 Lumix DMC-LX5, iso 200, f/8, 1/400

 Enjoying the Moment…

 I finally got the shot I was looking for.  I take beach walks as often as I can.  Usually like 4 days a week.  I walk by this spot during each walk looking for this moment….With one person on each bench.  I was so happy that I decided to bring my little camera instead of my iPhone on this day so I was able to capture this moment.  Enjoy.

Sandi Mahncke – Snellville, Georgia

 My submission this week is another shot from our BVI sailing trip-I still can’t get over the amazing variety of colors as we sailed around the islands.This is one of my favorite shots –  pretty simple but I  just love the colors and the sail boat in full sail in the distance…  Will try to come up w/ something new next week as it’s time to move on from the sailing trip I guess –  Hope everyone has a great week and looking forward to Week 108!

Deb Sulzberger – Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

 Tasmaniahas some out of control bushfires burning at the moment, not too far from me but far enough not to be of any concern…The sky also looked like it was alight when i took this shot on the evening of the 27th February….

John McGraw – Lansing Michigan

 YosemiteNational Park– Moonbow

 I was only atYosemiteNational Parkfor one day in June 2011, but what an amazing day that was. I started by driving about 5 hours from Lake Tahoe toYosemite(amazing drive). One of the first places I went as I arrived was the overlook where Ansel Adams took one of his famous shots of the valley; it pretty much took my breath away. I then explored the valley for the rest of the day. Right when I was about to leave another photographer asked if I was staying for the Moonbow. I had no idea what that was, so he explained it’s when the moon is high and bright enough to shine on the Yosemite falls plus there is a big enough mist to capture a rainbow with the moon light therefore creating a Moonbow. I stayed and was able to capture this image at around Midnight, with about a minute exposure

Wayne Ervine – Johannesburg, South Africa

 Glad to hear things are getting back to normal. No fun when work becomes your life.

 This is from a recent photoshoot. My only one this month. I love working with real people who have character. This young lady has plenty.

As for the 2nd pic, she decided to show a few ballet moves. Makes a change from the normal poses,

 Both shot with a Nikon D300 and Tamron 28-75 f/2.8

Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

 Great pics last week from everyone. Thanks Joe for catching up. Hope Joe Jr. is recovering well. I got the opportunity to take pics of two 7 wk old Owlets. They along with mom and dad live in the wild about 4 miles from my house. I was there Monday with around 10 other photographers enjoying there family life in a huge oak tree. Hard to decide which cute picture to post.

 Nikon D3x, Nikon 300 2.8, Nikon TC-20E III, 600mm, F/5.6, 1/500 sec, ISO 200

Emma Roberts – Coventry, England

 Hi,
Photo opportunities have been few and far between these last 4 weeks (as people who follow me on 365project will testify) my daughter has had one bug after another and it’s really limited where we’ve been able to go. this was taken on 21st February at Charlecote Park, one of the National Trust properties near to where I live. We only spent an hour here before my daughter felt unwell again but in that time I was able to see the herd of fallow deer again including these two handsome bucks.
I got a new 10-22mm lens today so I hope to have chance to use it just as soon as we have got rid of all these annoying winter bugs.
I hope you have all had a good week
Emma x

Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana

 Hi everyone!  Great set of photos last week.

 The goldenrod are in bloom in the swamp adding a new dimension.  Found this egret  just hanging out.

 Hope you enjoy.

Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania

 For various reasons the processing of my films I shot in last couples of weeks was delayed for a while so I don’t have a very recent shot to share.
Here is a shot taken on the seaside in a nice summer few years back,  it feels such distant time after so much snow and cold we’ve got this winter.

 Info: Mamiya 645 Pro TL, Mamiya 200mm F/2.8 Apo lens, Fuji Pro 160S.

Suzanne Bauer – West Dover, Vermont

 Doors

Another favorite thing of mine besides horses and cats is unique doors. 

Either front doors or garage doors doesn’t matter.  I found this garage door on a house just up the street from me.  It’s definitely one of my favorites.

Steven Lakose – Wallingford, Connecticut

 MilfordYacht club frost bite race series.

I liked the reflection of the sail on the water.

 Nikon D200 1/350 sec F/10 55-270 at 200mm

Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia

 Last week I purchased a 2nd hand Canon S95 compact point and shoot camera to take on bike rides with me.  I’m very pleased with it’s general photography ability, P&S cameras have come a very long way in the past 7 years.

 I took this photograph to test it’s ability to reproduce reds.  It’s late summer here and the apple trees are completely overburdened with fruit.  We leave the windfalls for the local bird life and possums to eat – looks like every blossom was pollinated last spring……apples everywhere……

 Hand held with image stabiliser   35mm focal length equivalent of 28mm,

f/8, 1/200th sec, ISO 100

Stacy Pace – Allen, Texas

 For my shot this week, here’s something a little non-standard for my work. I noticed that I have been doing very minimalistic style shots lately – usually a single subject off center with a lot of negative space. I went through the shots I took of the Bradford Pear blooms yesterday and found this one. It was a stormy evening with huge gusts of wind – I stood outside for 30 minutes just trying to wait the wind out. The sky was amazing – it was around 4pm so bits of sunlight would still peek through the passing storm clouds every so often. I love the light I captured in this shot, just as the sun shone through for a brief moment. The frame is not like my usual work – fully filled. I loved the silky bokeh and that you can still make out the shape of the tree branches in the background. I hope the photo is enjoyable to everyone…being so out of my normal way of doing things, I’m having a hard time deciding if I like it or not….but I love the light and colors, so I thought I would share. Hope everyone has a great week!

Nikon D90

AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED 200mm 1/800 @ f/5.6  ISO200

Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

 A young one.

Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

 Last week, I had to meet three different clients in three different mid-west states:Illinois,MinnesotaandKansas. During my 4 day, 1,200 mile trip, I encountered snow, ice, rain, +40mph winds, tornadoes and 65 degree weather. This shot was taken during the snow and ice portion, making my way fromMinnesotadown toKansasvia some back roads. Despite the drearyness of the picture, I still enjoyed the scenery and the drive.

Joseph Leotta, Junior – New York, New York

 Feeling better after the surgery and back to work

One fromBurlingtonby UVM – College and Church Streets

Special Bonus Photo Section

The bonus photo is of interest from somewhere in the world

 Gej Jones

 This photo comes fromPensacola,Florida.

  The17th Avenuetrain trestle, A.K.A. theGraffitiBridge, is a landmark where local youths and the not so young are allowed to express their inner Pollock.  It’s aPensacolatradition and the police seem to look the other way as long as the graffiti is confined to the bridge. Some of the police probably tagged the bridge themselves when they were younger.

 This was taken the night before Valentine’s Day.  Two Church Busses were just leaving the area when I arrived. 

The ‘Graffiti’ was still wet but the message was clear. 

Deb Sulzberger

 The sky can sometimes be an amazing sight and change to a multitude of colours in the blink of an eye… On this particular evening it was the case…. Mother Nature at her best…

Rick Dohme

 The other baby.
Nikon D3x, Nikon 300 2.8, Nikon TC-20E III, 600mm, F/5.6, 1/500 sec, ISO 200, SB 900 flash

 

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Week 107 – Feb 22, 2012

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

All backed and no time.  Just getting around to processing the photos from this year’s high school musical at Janine’s school.  Like everything else they are late because I’ve so busy.

 Here’s Janine on near the center wearing the suit with the blue shirt and glasses in a scene from Guys and Dolls

 

 

Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona

This was taken last July inSt. Jeanpied de port, in the southeast corner ofFrance.  Beautiful little town that is on the route of the ‘pèlerinage de Compostelle’

 

 

Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

 Hello All

Inside St Pancras Train Station inLondon. Around the base of Paul Day’s bronze sculpture The Meeting Place, there is a frieze with several images. Here a girl paying attention at her cell phone

Nikon D300 + 50 mm 1.4   ISO 1250 – f 1.8  – 1/250

 

 

Peggy G – Tupelo, Mississippi

Yet another bird from Veteran’s Park, yet again. (-:  Sorry if you’re tired of them.  For two or three mornings the hedge bushes at the edge of the park near the woods were just full of these Cedar Waxwings.  I was so excited to get them, because I’ve never seen one before.  It is always nice to capture something that is not common in your area. Taken with my Nikon D7000 and my brother’s 80-200 AF 2.8 lens.

 

 

Joseph Leotta, Junior – New York, New York

Last trip toMountSnow.  The top of the Sunbrook Area

Using our new point shoot – a Nikon P7000

 

Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

Brrrr!  The weather turned very cold for this time of year.  We touched the low 20s this morning which made my mind wonder back, remembering the wonderful weather in August inAustralia.

I found this photo.  It’s from the Cunningham Pier,Geelong,Victoria,Australia.  The Cunningham Pier area is a photographers paradise.  So many things to photograph.  The family only allowed me 15 minutes and away I went.

These sculptures had just been rained on and you can see the aftermath in the sky and their reflections. 

As always, have a wonderful week.

Gej

 

 

Stanley Beck – Jackson, Mississippi

 “Patina”  –   I can’t say how much I like the colors of an aged patina in the evening sunlight. Maybe I’m weird, but I really like the colors, and I find that it makes this old piece of machinery even more interesting. This was taken at the Oak Alley Plantation Home inVacherie,Louisiana.

Nikon D200, ISO 200, f/8, 1/60 sec., aperture priority.

 

Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia

I have a pair of large poly houses with succulent plants growing inside them.  I harvest rain water from these polyhouses and as a result my large open water tanks are a summer time haven for many frogs and water insects, esp. dragonflies and damselflies.  They flit about the place over the warmer months and often land on me, land on my plants even land on my camera gear when it’s all set up to photograph my plants, however, I have never attempted to chase them with a camera as I fear I’d lack the patience required.
Last Wednesday I fluked this photo when a series of coincidences lead me to have the 105mm micro lens (usually use the 55mm) on my camera down at my polyhouses.  I was moving from one poly house to the other when I spotted this fly on an old hanging branch right at eye level and only a few meters away.  Without changing any settings on the camera I rolled the focus ring out to 1:1 magnification, slowly moved towards the clinging fly and lifted the viewfinder to my eye as I zoomed in.  I managed to take 3 exposures before it disappeared and fluked this really slow shutter speed shot at close to perfect focus with enough depth of field to show the whole insect off.  Right time, right place……….got lucky!  Unsure if it’s a dragon or a damsel………

Hand held D700 + Kiron 105mm micro lens @ f/16, 1/30th sec, ISO 400  close enough to 1:1 magnification – extra sharpening added in PsCs3

 

 

Deb Sulzberger – Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

 Tasmanian Devil:
Wanted to share something from my home state.
This is a young male Tasmanian Devil and is only native to my home state ofTasmania.Tasmania is a state ofAustralia but is also seperated by theBass Strait one of the world most notorious stretches of water. The devil poulation is rapidly decreasing due to a cancerous facial tumour that is  spreading throught the wild devil population. Funds and resources are helping to assist in finding a cure but sadly if none is found, these little guys may be extinct in just under 5 years…

 

Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark

Nice photos last week.

This week my photo is of our tenant! This blackbird only demands one apple a day during these very cold days.

The reward is many many evenings in the spring and trough the summer with beautiful songs, ….so it is ok.  Something for something.

As always, larger photos at fotomedia-dk

Hope you all will have a nice week.

Jens

 

Frits Stempher – Maastricht the Netherlands

Saturday visited the military cemetery in Margraten, southernLimburg.

About the graves is a white blanket of snow. A very different picture of this beautiful and well maintained cemetery.

Greetings Frits Stempher

 

 

Sandi Mahncke – Snellville, Georgia

Back to the BVI – this is a shot from Anegada -LoblollyBay-  I was lucky to catch a little bit of a rainbow as some stormy weather was moving in.  Just another day in “Paradise”.     Hope everyone has a wonderful week!

 

 

Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

Happy Valentines Day to all our ladies. I hope everyone gets to LOVE there loved ones today. I saved this one from a few weeks ago. I got to watch this couple as they worked hard building there nest 50′ up in the top of a pine tree. One of them (I would have assumed it was the male) would fly off and return with a branch. Together they would work to get the branch just right. Then they would engage in some kind of romantic dance which would include locking there beaks and dancing back and forth 5 or 6 times. This was repeated over and over as I watched for an hour. Really felt like I was peeping into there bedroom. Love was in the air. 

Nikon D3x, Nikon 300 2.8, Nikon TC-20E III, 600mm, F/6.3, 160 sec, ISO 200

 

 

John McGraw – Lansing Michigan

One Rock – St Ignace MI 10.3.11

I have shot thousands of photos of theMackinacBridge, this morning I was trying to shoot from a different angle at sunrise. I found this area on theUpper Peninsulaside of the Bridge. It was a foggy sunrise and the bridge looked great that morning. While setting up I looked to my left and saw this rock just sitting there. I love how simple it is. If you look closely you can see the start of the Bridge in the top right corner. I had to take my time and frame this shot, so that the bridge really wasn’t in the shot, but yet getting the framing I wanted and I was also in a time crunch with the sun almost peaking up over the horizon. 

 

 

Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

Hello all.  Wonderful B&W collection last week.  Sorry that I could not leave any feedback.  I was on a trip to the northwestern part ofJapan- the photos will be shown here or there in time – and just came back now.  I am posting this week again from the shooting at the airport.  The background of the airport is the industrial area, while three airplanes form the same airlines were just lining up nicely at the moment. 

Second pic is the airplane flying in the clouds seen from the ground.  Hope you like them and hope you have nice week.  Ken
www.kih.me
D700, 28-300.

PS:  D4/D800 – I am a bit lost as to the positioning of D4 and D800/E….  Not that I am interested right now, though.  What is your take

 

 

Robin Warner Santa Monica, California

Canon EOS 60D, ISO 125, F/5, 1/100

Smoking Break….just another chill day on the streets…lucky to find this guy just hanging and matching his environment.  

 

 

Wayne Ervine – Johannesburg, South Africa

Another Wednesday rolls around. Once again I have to say last weeks photos were exceptional. The overall standard was really high.

Once again due to work commitments my camera has been neglected. This photo was taken earlier in the parking lot at work. The dishes are just a few of the many as I work in television. Now the interesting part is the raw pic was downloaded onto my android tablet, converted, corrected and edited, all using free apps. At this stage the editing capabilities are basic, but I see lots of promise for the future.

Taken with a Nikon D300 and Tamron 70-300 VC.

 

 

 

Bogdan Nicolescu – Pitesti, Romania

Crazy winter all over Europe, and we’ve got it all too, starting with first wave of snow followed by a snap of cold with temperatures going down to -20 C deg. Now the snow is back again, in some places the snow is up to the roofs, lots of people got isolated without electricity, food and water.
Some trains got stuck in the snow for few consecutive days, this one was a lucky one with its Soviet style built diesel engine.

Shot with Nikon F6, Nikon 50mm F/1.4 lens, Fuji Superia 200 film

 

 

Emma Roberts – Coventry, England

I don’t have much to say about my photo for this week, I took it after a particular icy morning and the morning sun was just starting to melt the frost on the lawn. I can’t wait for spring to arrive properly, I really don’t like the cold, grey months of the year. No matter how positive a spin I try to put on them I just want the summer months to return!

I hope you’ve all had a good week, there were some spectacular photos last week.
Emma x

 

 

Suzanne Bauer – West Dover, Vermont

Mallory and Cinder Ella

My daughter and her beautiful Haflinger mare Cinder Ella.  The love between these two is beautiful.  My heart melted when I opened this photo.  Another favorite to add to my ‘over’

growing collection!

Have a wonderful week everyone.

 

 

Jeannean Ryman – McAllen, Texas

Still getting acquainted with my new lens. Found this Red-shouldered hawk sitting by the road on a fence post, so pulled over, rolled down the window, propped the lens on the window for support, and got off a few shots. This was taken at dusk at 1/800, f/6.3, ISO 4500 with the Nikon D7000 and 500mm.

Jeannean
http://jeannean.zenfolio.com

 

 

Stacy Pace – Allen, Texas

In a rush tonight, about to go on a Valentine’s date with my sweetie. I took this shot today – the hearts are a roll of film that didn’t properly expose from some shots I took last week, so I cut them a little to make some hearts. The camera is my Canon AE-1 w/50mm f/1.8. I have so enjoyed the film challenge on 365 this month! Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

Nikon D90 Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 ISO 200 1/200 @ f/16

New flash! Nikon SB-700🙂

Processed in 6 layers, 4 of the photo with various exposure settings, 1 solid red overlay and 1 pink texture overlay.

 

 

Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana

Hi everyone !!  Hope you all are doing well.

Last week I posted the monarch caterpillar.   Todays shot is the monarch

butterfly shortly after its   emergence from the chrysalis  .  You can

see the chrysalis next to the monarch.  I missed the actual emergence

and really wanted to get the first flight.   Of course each and every

time I would take the camera from my eye, it would do a little flight and I would miss the shot  So here is the newly emerged monarch still letting its wings dry.

Hope you enjoy

 

 

Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Hi All.

A shot of cricket’s “death rattle” taken two weeks ago.  It’s that clicking sound that a batsman  hears when the stumps are traumatised and the bails dislodged.  It’s that sound which spells an immediate end to their innings.  It’s also the way most bowlers prefer to get batsmen out.

I forgot to bring my snap-lock mount that screws into the lens mount and attaches to the monopod.  So I had to shot lying flat on the ground like a sniper.  I didn’t mind shooting this way, but a bean bag to support the lens is a must (I had to improvise using a towel with a cardboard box).

Nikon D3s + 200-400 VRII at 380 mm, 1/3205s, f/4, ISO 200 and -1 EV

 

 

 

Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

Marin Headlands”

AtFortCronkhiteand the Marin Headlands — 

Last Saturday morning hiking aboveRodeoBeach– 2/11/2012

EOS 7D, 50mm, f/5.6.  I was somewhat shooting into the sun just above Battery Townsley (part of the regional historical coastal defenses built in 1938).

 

 

Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

Hello all!

My photo is again sunset one, or better to say, after sunset.🙂 Taken on a nearby river couple weeks ago.

I look forward to your photos.

Greetings, Filip.

Pozdrav, Filip.

 Moje fotke i blog: http://www.filiplucin.com/

 

 

Davorin Mance – Cakovec, Croatia

Taken last week on riverDrava.

Best regards, Davorin

www.davorinmance.com

 

 

Steven Lakose – Wallingford, Connecticut

Another shot from the Milford Yacht club frost bite race series.

These are very tender 9 foot boats called Dyer Dhow.  Most racers wear dry suits and

lots and of layers to stay warm.  Water is about 39 degrees (F) this time of year.

This was shot late in the day, and the sunlight turned the water this beautiful blue.

Nikon D200 1/320 sec F/9 55-200 at 200mm

 

 

Don Enderlein – Brooks, Georgia

This is a view out of one of the “corner” offices at my company’s headquarters in New Jersey. I thought it was kind of neat. Joe – thanks again for taking so much of your personal time to lead this group.

Don

Camera – iPhone

 

 

Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Hello Everybody,

my photo this week is from my weekend beach photo shoot for Geometry Active Wear, new sportswear brand, that my friend Sarah designed. We had an absolutely fantastic day, I loved doing an outdoor photography, even the light is changing so often. We aimed at creating images, that show some sport activity, and I have to admit, that I am very happy with the outcome. 

Nikon D700, 24-70mm f/2.8@ISO 200, 1/125s, f/18 and fill in flash on 1/8th of full power

Have a lovely week and I look forward to your photos.

Jana 

 

 

Special Bonus Photo Section

The bonus photo is of interest from somewhere in the world

 Gej Jones

Messed around with Silver Efex Pro 2 and then added an effect by Gavin Hoey.

I think the result portrays what I was after, a very stormy photo of theGulfCoast.

Gej

Ken Papai

 Stolpman Vineyards Oak”

Saturday morning driving theSanta Barbarawine country with my wife –Ballard Canyon Rd.aboveLos Olivos,Calif., the Santa Ynez Valley.

2/18/2012 — Canon EOS 7D, 85mm at 1/500, f/9, ISO 200. The morning fog was mostly burned off.

Tom Stolpman makes stunning red wines including Syrah – one of my favorites. 

 

 

 

Joseph Leotta

One more from the musical

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